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lindsey graham both said today they want to have watergate style hearings on the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi and said if you nominate susan rice to be secretary of state they will do everything in their power to block her nomination as senator graham said he simply doesn't trust ambassador rice after what she said about benghazi. would those threats deter you from making a nomination like that? >> first of all, i'm not going to comment at this point on various nominations i'll put forward to fill out my cabinet for the second term. those are things that are still being discussed. let me say specifically about susan rice, she has done exemplary work. she has represented the united states and our interests in the united nations with skill and professionalism and toughness and grace. as i've said before, she made an appearance at the request of the white house. in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her. if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. and i'm happy to hav
. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had receive d, and to besmirch her reputation is outrageous. >> earlier, senators mccain and graham slammed rice, vowing to stop her rumored nomination as secretary of state. >> i don't trust her, and the reason i don't trust her is because i think she knew better and if she didn't know better, she shouldn't be the voice of america. >> we will do whatever is necessary to block the nomination. >> well, back to petraeus, the "wall street journal" reports he was already at odds with his boss, national intelligence director james clapper, after petraeus wanted the cia to fight back publicly against criticism for its role in benghazi. >>> and we have new details this morning on the personal scandals that have developed. petraeus and afghan war commander john allen, from nbc's andrea mitchell, who broke this story. >> reporter: at his news co
on the fiscal cliff and global warming and petraeus scandal. john mccain and lindsay graham accused rice of misleading the american people about the u.s. consulate attack in libya that killed four american diplomats and demanding a watergate style hearing. they said they would block rice's nomination if promoted to a cabinet position. president obama not only gave her the highest praise but came to her defense. >> if senator mccain and graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence she received and the besmirch her reputation, outrage out. >> mr. graham said, mr. president, don't think for one minute i don't hold you ultimately responsible for ben gazdy. i think you failed as the president before and after the attack. president obama responded to the petraeus scandal saying there's no evidence that national security was compromised. he stepped down after an affair with his bioography was exposed. he respects the fbi's protocol
plan. is there news to be made on this? >> yeah, i think so. senator graham and i have talked, and we have resuming the talks that were broken off two years ago. we had put together a comprehensive, detailed blueprint on immigration reform. it had the real potential for bipartisan support based on the theory that most americans are for legal immigration but very much against illegal immigration. our plan just to be quick does four things. first of all, close the border, make sure that's shut. second, make sure that there is a non-forgeable document so that employers can tell who was legal and who was illegal and once they hire someone illegally, throw the book at them. third, on legal immigration -- that will stop illegal immigration in its tracks. third, on legal immigration, let in the people we need, whether they be engineers from our universities, foreign or people to pick the crops. and fourth, a path to citizenship that's fair, which says you have to learn english, you have to go to the back of the line, you've got to have a job, and you can't commit crimes. graham and i are tal
.n. ambassador susan rice and her comments on the attack in benghazi. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, to besmirch her reputation is outrageous. >> senator lindsey graham of south carolina responded immediately saying he holds the president accountable, and that he failed as commander in chief before, during, and after that attack. >>> the speculation is over. congresswoman nancy pelosi will continue her role as house minority leader. the san francisco congresswoman made the big announcement this morning in washington, as you can see. she shared the stage with other female democratic house members. they all gathered right there behind her there is plenty of talk that the 72-year-old pelosi would step down. some washington insiders said she would hinder president obama as he tries to work with republicans. pelosi was first elected to the house of representatives in
graham and others want to go after somebody they should go after me. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi, and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and to hurt her reputation, is outrageous. >> reporter: overall, though, he was congenial and reflective. >> i'm more than familiar with all the literature about the presidential overreach in second terms >> on the other hand, i didn't get re-elected just to bask in re-election. >> reporter: while the president had some tough words for his old presidential rival, john mccain, he actually was very conciliatory towards mitt romney and reiterated his hope they would sit down, saying there were a lot of ideas that mitt romney said on the campaign that he agrees with. >> chuck todd, thank you, and after that moment you saw that senator john mccain went right out on the senate floor and shot right back at the president. nbc's kelly o'donnell has more for us. >> reporter: good evening, brian, this is really the latest chapter in what is a contentious history b
and circumstances were. >> she has a lot of explaining to do. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. but to smurch her reputation is outrage. >> reporter: the president said this will not deter him from nominating susan rice. john mccain says if that's the case, he will block it. tracie potts, nbc 11 news, washington. >>> back here at home a high-flying start-up is grounded. >> the eureka zeppelin will fly no more. the zeppelin, a common sight over the bay area. it had several sponsors painted over the side over a couple of years. farmers insurance, 23 and me, even nickelodeon. but it said it wasn't able to generator enough sponsors to keep flying. the ceo says, it is with a very heavy heart that we've come to this point requiring us to cease operations and ground eureka. >>> here's a successful company. if you bought apple stock no later than last monday, you will get money today. $2.65 for every share you own. a total dividend being paid out of $2.5 billion. all of this coming out of apple into people's pockets this morning. now,
care was a big plus. another former opponent of the president, john mccain along with lindsey graham made it clear they would not support susan rice to become the new secretary of state. >> we will do whatever is necessary to block the nomination. >> their chief gripe, they believe she disqualified herself several days after the benghazi attack with her explanation of what happened. >> our current assessment is what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations of our facility in cairo. >> i don't trust her. and the reason i don't trust her is because i think she knew better and if she didn't know better, she shouldn't be the voice of america. >> a visibly angry president obama fired back at both senators and defending his ambassador. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. but for them to p go after the u.n. ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligenc
cain and lindsey graham today come out vehemently against the idea of susan rice becoming secretary of state. there's a whole bunch of questions that this white house would prefer not to be dealing with today. they'd prefer to be talking about the fiscal cliff. i have a feeling they'll be disappointed. >> of course, so far, the story that started with david petraeus is so complex we actually chose to diagram it out last night. there are no new components today but washington will be all riled up with investigations and hearings for the foreseeable future. >> that's right. and there is now talk david petraeus will testify in the next couple of days, either tomorrow or friday, that should loosen, let out some steam. >> chuck todd has to sit down. the president is entering the room. >> good afternoon, everybody. please have a seat. i hear you have some questions for me. but let me just make a few remarks at the top and then i'll open it up. first of all i want to reiterate what i said on friday. right now, our economy is still recovering from a very deep and damaging crisis. so our top priority has to
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